30-Minute Removable DIY Bumper Stickers
As you’ve no-doubt noticed, I have this blog. In an ideal world, people would actually read this blog. It would be awesome if that magically happened, but despite what the people who blog about blogging want you to think, traffic doesn’t instantly appear when you launch your blog. I would know.
So in an attempt advertise my blog a little bit, I decided to make some DIY bumper stickers. Maybe they’ll cause one of the people walking their dog past my car everyday to talk a look. Or maybe I’ll hit it real big, and get the dog walker AND some random folks in my parents’ Texas town to take a look (because of course I’m giving them some bumper stickers. Just what they wanted, I’m sure.) Frankly, if I recruit even one new reader, I’ll consider the bumper sticker to be a major win, given it took less than 30 minutes to make.
I expect that if you’re here learning about DIY bumper stickers, you have an awesome bumper sticker idea in mind that might actually be funny or entertaining or something. Brighten my day and tell me in the comments below! And if you’re another blogger thinking maybe you can get a neighbor or the person stuck behind you in traffic to read your blog, well, I see you. God speed.
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DIY Removable Bumper Stickers
Step 1: Design and Print Your Bumper Sticker
I use Photoshop for most of my logos and photos on the blog, so I used it here as well, although I'm pretty sure any design platform would work (Canva, PicMonkey, maybe even Microsoft Word!)
Google tells me most bumper stickers are 3" x 11.5" long, and the very biggest bumper stickers are 3.75" x 15" long. My logo is very vertical, so I decided to make my bumper sticker an oval instead of a rectangle. Despite picking a different shape, I kept that largest bumper sticker size in mind. I didn't want my bumper sticker to be too big for the bumper, so I kept the 3.75" in mind as the maximum height for my DIY bumper sticker.
Note that the magnetic sheets I used are 8" x 10," so if you go for a longer bumper sticker, you might want to get larger magnetic sheets.
I printed my bumper sticker on Cardstock, two per page. While I think you could have definitely used normal paper, I had Cardstock around, and I figured the sturdier paper I used, the better.
Step 2: Apply Bumper Sticker to Magnet
My magnet had paper on the back that peeled off pretty easily, leaving an adhesive surface behind. I applied two bumper stickers to each magnetic sheet. See below.
A typical piece of paper was larger than the magnetic sheets I used, so I cut off some white space in the middle so that both bumper stickers would fit. You'll also notice I didn't cut out the bumper stickers yet. I found it was easier to get an accurate cut if I cut the cardstock and magnet at the same time.
Step 3: Cut Out Bumper Stickers
The magnet/cardstock combo was actually a lot easier to cut than I expected. Even going super slowly, each magnet was cut out in just a couple minutes.
Step 4: Apply Acrylic Sealer
I did four light coats of sealer, 15 minutes apart each. I was a little alarmed at first, because the sealer turned the white cardboard box I was spraying in brown, but it turned out totally clear on my bumper sticker.
Optional Step 5: Apply Lacquer
The lacquer needs to be brushed onto the bumper sticker, so it can only be done after the spray sealer has been applied (otherwise, the ink may bleed.) I added it to my bumper sticker to be extra sure the DIY bumper sticker was waterproof; theoretically the acrylic sealer should be enough protection.
Then my bumper sticker was car-ready!
I may go back and make a larger bumper sticker; I'm not sure this is going to be visible enough from the car behind me. But in the meantime, it'll do.
If you think you might make a DIY bumper sticker someday, go ahead and save this post to Pinterest so you can find it again later!